Thank you for participating in the Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management Campaign:
I AM STRONGER than Painkillers #KansasStronger
Please join us in promoting opioid abuse awareness and promoting Physical Therapy as an alternative or at least mutually with pain medications to improve overall patient outcomes.
Research has shown that physical therapy in the treatment of low back pain can be more effective with lower risk and less costly than surgery.
Please feel free to download these PDFs to disseminate in your local campaigns. If you need assistance with printing these, do not hesitate to contact Amber Dunn with RSA Marketing.
Here is some local news regarding Kansas and Opioid Abuse and current interventions:
- In 2012, Kansas had 94 opioid prescriptions per 100 people. Source: National Prescription Audit (NPATM), 2012
Here are some National initiatives and resources:
- Public Service Announcement from the American Physical Therapy Association
- Drug Overdose in Kansas 2017
- CDC Opioid Guideline
- CMS Opioid Misuse Strategy
Did You Know ...
- CDC Recommends Safe Alternatives Like Physical Therapy Over Opioids
- 60% of Adults Prescribed Opioids Have Leftover Pills
- Opioids Largely Ineffective for Low Back Pain
- Nearly 1 in 3 on Medicare Received Prescription for Opioids in 2015
- One-Third of Long Term Opioid Abusers Say They're Addicted or Physically Dependent
- Traumatic Injuries Have Minimal Impact on Opioid Epidemic
- Using Opioids Could Lead to Depression
- Physical Therapy First for Low Back Pain Lowers Costs
- Physical Therapy First for Knee Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tears is Effective